The Hydrangea: a poem

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I tied up an eight-foot hydrangea

before the rains

when the air was humid

with butterflies

wafting through bright sunlight.


Under the canopy

of twisted branches

delicate stems

each one a garden

of brightest blue.


A thousand butterflies

shining on me.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Beautiful and peaceful! Do they really get that tall??? Are they easy to grow? Nice hub.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi snakeslane...as always, you've painted a serene, beautiful picture; making an 'everyday' experience exceptional. just wonderful. I just cut about two dozen beautifully formed flowers from my hydrangeas...several colors...hanging upside down for future vase displays. What a nice way to start my online day.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Bev loves these and I hate them; I'll bet we end up with several in our yard. LOL I must have terrible childhood memories or something because there is no logical reason for me to dislike them this much. However, I did love your poem so nice job!


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Beautiful poem and photo too. I was just noticing this morning that our pink one had many beautiful blooms in our current heatwave. UP!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Victoria Lynn, Thank you! On Vancouver Island yes, plants get really big, it's a jungle. But it would depend on the variety of the Hydrangea you are growing, some are more compact.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Lucky Cats, your hydrangeas must be so beautiful in all those colors. I hope you are taking pictures. Thank you for your lovely comment, so encouraging.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello billybuc, If a confirmed Hydrangea hater can enjoy this poem I must be doing something right... Thank you very much. :)


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

xstatic, ooo, I love the pink too. My neighbor has a maroon colored one that is quite unusual. Thank you for the UP!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

With the words you presented, a picture was unnecessary. Beautiful imagery!

Bill hates these because of the snakes they may hide within. lol

Beautiful hub!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you rcrumple. I wondered about using the photo. In the new profile layout a photo is needed for the 'feature' feature, so I went with it. Snake joke duly noted lol.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Very well written, and voted that way!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks so much Will.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

The flickering candles of your imagination illuminate the magic of your garden.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you mckbbks, I wish it was my garden. Your comment is very poetic.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

You perfectly described the hydrangea bush. My neighbor has one almost 10 feet tall. They are amazing. Your poem is wonderfully written, peaceful and lovely.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Ms Bird, good to see you. The hydrangea shrubs get so heavily laden with flowers, when it rains, if they are not supported they just get flattened, but it takes hours to string one up, especially if you let it get away on you. (guilty) Delphinium is the same. One day it's a foot high and the next week it's seven foot tall and laying on the ground.

I'm so happy you enjoyed the poem, thank you for saying so.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

I doubt I ever see such here, short of a bird bringing in what is needed, I did find your writing a nice piece to read while coming to, this morning, thank you,

Peace and Blessings,

dust


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Good morning Dusty, thank you for the visit. I can only imagine how very different your 'setting' is to this. From the jungle rain forest to the desert. Although you describe your environment so well in your writing, I can picture it.


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Frieda Babbley 4 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Beautiful poem and photos. It feels like a personal peak into a moment of a gardener's life. Love those last lines. I never thought about hydrangeas that way, but you are so absolutely right. Ah the beauty and power of poetry.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello Frieda, thank you for that lovely comment.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Eight foot high, that's amazing!

Loved your poem and voted up!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California

Hydrangeas are beautiful as is your poem.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Lesley!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you tirelesstraveler, I appreciate you reading and your positive response


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

The hydrangea is forever a reminder of Miss Sammie. The prettiest I have ever seen were in her hometown of Washington, GA.

Your poem does this beauty justice. The imagery is perfect.

Voted UP and AB. Hugs, Maria


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and your poem is lovely...Cheers .


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Dear Mar, here is a song for Miss Sammie of Washington, GA.

http://youtu.be/SfDVv1ASJ3M


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hey always, thank you for exploring my Hubs, so nice to see you. I know you love your flowers.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Hydrangeas do it for me too, especially in beautiful blue!!! Beautiful butterflies, lovely, lovely poetry. My best wishes to your dear Snakeslane and sharing.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

eye capturing photo. i love the color, they're just so beautiful. Lovely poem.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I will come back often to take in this beauty and cry to this song, which always puts SAMMIE on my mind...you are a good friend. Thank you, I know Mom loves this too...


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello S'Lane! Your poem and gorgeous picture are amazing. I absolutely love this song and this version is so wonderfully melodic. The dedication to Mar and Miss Sammie is lovely.

My Dad was raised in Southern Georgia.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Aww, thank you Annie!


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hello unknown spy, thank you very much.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

You are always welcome Mar.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you Peg. I have always loved this song, and I've never been to Georgia, but I feel like I'm right there when I hear it. We are all so connected by the music. Mar's Mom, your Dad, (my Dad loved Willie Nelson too). Group Hug!


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Loved your description. Hydrangeas are great and they do grow amazingly quickly in the spring when they have been well-pruned and fed. Yours are such a lovely blue! You must have plenty of iron in the soil. Mine used to turn out mostly pink.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Blossom, thank you for the visit. I know the hydrangeas can really change colour depending on what is in the soil. I love the pink too. I actually got this photo from Flickr creative commons. Great flower pics available there.


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BongSantos 4 years ago from Philippines

They are my favorite flowers. Thanks to your lovely poem, I love them even more.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada Author

BongSantos, How very nice to find your comment here today. Thank you.


Beth37 3 years ago

I have to say, I adored that poem (and I don't often like other ppls poetry)... and hydrangeas are also my favorite.


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Beth, Thank you for reading and commenting on this summery poem, something I can only imagine right now.


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thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Yes, I see them now, very nice poem. Thank you


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snakeslane 3 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you thost from Dublin, Ireland :)

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